Monday, 15 August 2016

"I'll be In Nigeria if military sends my air ticket"- Wanted journalist, Ahmad Salkida replies Nigerian army

Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian
journalist declared wanted by the
Nigerian army over ties with Boko
Haram, says he will be in the country soon if the authorities can send him an air ticket...

In his response to the military,
Salkida said:

“My attention has been drawn to a
public notice put out by the Nigerian Army and signed by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations,” he said.

“The statement declaring me wanted seeks culpable grounds to punish me on account of ‘last two videos released by Boko Haram terrorists and other findings…’ by the Army.

“Clearly, my status as a Nigerian
journalist who has reported
extensively, painstakingly and
consistently on the Boko Haram
menace in the country since 2006 is
an open book known to Nigerians and the international community. “Equally, my total allegiance and
sacrifice to the Federal Republic of
Nigeria is self evident. I have stayed
within the creed of professional
journalism in my work.”

Salkida said he had been to Nigeria
three times on the invitation of the
federal government to help in the
recovery of the Chibok schoolgirls.

“As a testimony to the credible and
professional values of my access,
since May 2015, l have been to
Nigeria three times on the invitation
of Federal Government agencies. I
made personal sacrifices for the release of our Chibok daughters.

“Finally, the Army is aware that I am
not in Nigeria presently. In the
coming days I will seek to get a flight to Abuja and avail myself to the Army authorities.
Indeed, my return will be hastened if the Military sends me a ticket.”

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